Dubai’s Expo 2020 site is set to be transformed into Expo City Dubai, acting as a “hub of economic activity” and opening its doors to thousands of new residents and businesses.
On Monday, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid announced it would begin opening in phases this October. Expo City Dubai will be free to explore but will offer paid attraction passes.
“After the historical success of Expo 2020 Dubai, visited by more than 24 million visitors, left a mark in the 170-year history of world expositions, today we announce the transformation of the exhibition site into Expo City Dubai, a new city that represents the ambitions of Dubai,” Sheikh Mohammed said in a tweet.
Important buildings and popular attractions from the Expo 2020 will remain, confirmed Sheikh Mohammed when he wrote, “The magic of Expo will continue. Al Wasl Dome will remain, the Expo waterfall will remain, and the pavilions will remain: the Emirates, Ali and Terra.”
Reem Al Hashimy, managing director of Expo 2020 Dubai and Minister of State for International Co-operation, said, “While Expo 2020 Dubai closed its doors, Expo City Dubai never will.”
“Expo City Dubai will continue to provide a model for innovative urban districts geared towards collaboration, knowledge sharing, and talent creation for the benefit of future generations. It will leverage into extraordinary infrastructure advantages to generate local and global economic value as a clean and green tech hub.”
The plan is for the city to be a “24-hour neighborhood” featuring art and architecture.